Forensic Psychology: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives - SP637

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR E Alleyne checkmark-circle


This module offers an in-depth examination of the theoretical and applied aspects of forensic psychology. It examines the development of laws and the principles on which the judicial system is founded; street gangs and career criminals; police and forensic profilers' responses to offending; eyewitness credibility; the police interview process; the role of juries; sentencing; the aims of punishment and how prisoners respond to it; theories of rehabilitation, and the implementation of the sex offender treatment programme. Research and research methods in forensic psychology are presented and critically evaluated. You will be encouraged to critique the literature and methodologies to further your understanding of the core forensic issues the course presents.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

22 hours


Available wild, subject to pre-reqs. Available to short-term credit students, at the school/convenors discretion.

Method of assessment

70% coursework, 30% examination.
(NB: In the case of short-term exchange students whose registration ends before the summer term, the examination may be replaced by an alternative assessment.)

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the practical role played by contemporary forensic psychologists in society
8.2 Demonstrate critical knowledge of forensic psychology as a discipline and research methods used within forensic psychology
8.3 Demonstrate an awareness of the fundamental application of psychology, as a science, to understand key forensic issues
8.4 Understand key concepts and sub-topics within forensic psychology and how they relate to each other (i.e., ability to synthesise core concepts within forensic psychology)
8.5 Evaluate core theories and research in forensic psychology

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Understand the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used in psychology
9.2 Self-reflect upon constructive feedback from staff in order to improve understanding and academic performance
9.3 Use learning and research skills required to support academic learning and development independently.
9.4 Effectively apply skills in the form of study planning and overall time management
9.5 Demonstrate information technology skills to obtain key learning resources (e.g., use of online journals and learning resources as directed by lecturers).


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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